Australia Politics & Government
Senior Aussie politician and mum of two offers pregnant Ardern advice
Brexit backer Farage moots second EU referendum
Twitter boss on what it would take for them to ban Donald Trump
Steve Bannon steps down from Breitbart News after comments critical of Donald Trump
Devolution will nurture leaders, says visiting Australian senator
‘This will look like a coup’: Psychiatrist wants Donald Trump detained for ‘emergency evaluation’
Tiffany Trump confirms Donald Trump’s love for McDonald’s
Nothing sacred about Australia Day but politicians refuse to admit it
2018-01-19 09:12:31 Along with the obnoxious ads demanding we eat lamb, and bikinis featuring the Australian flag, the run up to January 26 is traditionally filled with talk about whether this is the right date to celebrate Australia. None of this is new. Indigenous Australians held a Day of Mourning on Australia Day back in 1938. And as Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney wearily noted on Wednesday, she's been "dealing with this issue" in the weeks prior to January 26 for 30 years   Read More ...
No place for the race card in the political pack, but Trump plays it anyway
2018-01-19 08:21:38 One of my greatest concerns with the recent, global movements against traditional politicians, major parties and political processes has been the direct or implicit reliance on racism and prejudice as a basis for the arguments advanced in support of the quest for a "political messiah", an "outsider", and for a "disruption" of the traditional. Of course, there is a huge academic literature on the appropriate definitions to be used in discussing the issues of race and ethnicity, but most of this is irrelevant to the point in the sense that most people know and can recognise racism when they experience it, hear it, or read about it   Read More ...
Labor politicians David Feeney and Katy Gallagher face High Court over citizenship
2018-01-19 08:20:59 Federal Labor MP David Feeney's attempt to renounce his British citizenship was not registered with UK authorities, the High Court heard as citizenship hearings were delayed amid a wait for evidence and expert availability. The revelation from his legal counsel came on Friday as the court heard that the Greens candidate Mr Feeney beat to keep his seat in Federal Parliament may play an important role in deciding whether or not he stayed there   Read More ...
Senior Aussie politician and mum of two offers pregnant Ardern advice
2018-01-19 08:05:54 COMMENT: Firstly, warmest congratulations from Australia's Northern Territory on your wonderful, life-changing news. Oh, and congratulations on being New Zealand's prime minister, too. Like you, I am a proud member of a Labor Government. I also hold the positions of deputy chief minister and treasurer of the Northern Territory, and last year, along with delivering my first Budget on May 2, I delivered my daughter, Grace, on May 22 - a little sister for my then two-year-old son, Aiden   Read More ...
Cory Bernardi wants to use an artist's work, but does the artist have any say?
2018-01-19 07:07:02 Artists and politicians have always had a fractious relationship. Sometimes it's a love-in based on shared ideologies (see: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen) and sometimes it's a one-sided attempt at association (see: Donald Trump and Bruce Springsteen). Cory Bernardi's creation of a playlist of Australian music yesterday was an example of the latter, with Powderfinger, Hilltop Hoods, Men At Work's Colin Hays and others publicly asking for their music to be removed   Read More ...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces pregnancy
2018-01-19 07:06:11 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she is pregnant and will "be PM and a mum". Key points: Jacinda Ardern's first child is due in June She has previously been questioned about juggling motherhood and her career She has been serving as New Zealand's Prime Minister since October Her news comes after she was quizzed about motherhood when she was first elected as the Labour Party leader   Read More ...
Government targets energy guzzlers in our homes
2018-01-19 06:42:14 The Turnbull government is carrying out the first-ever review of the national standards for appliance energy efficiency. The review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act (GEMS) will allow the federal government to set national energy efficiency standards for home appliances and equipment. By bringing in new standards and reducing appliances' energy consumption, household power bills can be reduced. “To date, standards under the GEMS Act have saved the average household between $140 and $220 on their electricity bill each year,” Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg said   Read More ...
Trump contradicts top aide by saying border wall stance has not 'evolved'
2018-01-19 06:37:01 Washington: US President Donald Trump has contradicted his own chief of staff, saying his much-touted concept of building a wall along the US border with Mexico "has never changed or evolved". White House chief of staff John Kelly told Hispanic legislators during a meeting on Wednesday, local time, that some of Trump's immigration views during the campaign were "uninformed," according to reports in the Washington Post and New York Times   Read More ...
Donald Trump throws a party as shut-down looms
2018-01-19 06:34:35 Washington: President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair. That amount, according to the invitation, will pay for dinner and a photograph with the president. For $250,000, a couple can also take part in a roundtable meeting. Trump told reporters in November that he had thought about having a celebration that month, a year after his victory over Hillary Clinton, but he was touring Asia at the time   Read More ...
Awkward exchange shows ‘just how touchy’ state government is about law and order
2018-01-18 10:06:14 The awkward exchange between Malcolm Turnbull and James Merlino shows “just how touchy” the Victorian government is about law and order, says one political analyst. The Prime Minister and acting Premier were holding a joint press conference at Geelong on Wednesday to announce plans to splash about $20 million on infrastructure projects. But Mr Merlino quickly turned the conversation to law and order   Read More ...
Warning of 'catastrophic' damage to waterways if Snowy 2.0 spoils plan goes wrong, experts and environmentalists warn
2018-01-18 08:12:16 A Turnbull government plan to dump 2600 Olympic swimming pools of rubble in Alpine lakes risks "catastrophic" damage to Australia's most important river system if it goes awry, experts and environmentalists have warned. The plan forms part of the "supercharged" Snowy 2.0 proposal announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last year. It would expand the Snowy Hydro project to secure electricity supplies to the east coast market, acting as a giant battery and increasing generation capacity by 2000 megawatts   Read More ...
Controversial book Fire and Fury set to become TV series on US President Donald Trump
2018-01-18 05:06:49 Move over House of Cards – although the controversial Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has been a sell-out book, it's not stopping there. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Endeavour Content has acquired the rights to Michael Wolff's best-selling book, with plans to develop it for the small screen. With reports that the deal is in the seven-figure range and covers film and television rights   Read More ...
Bill Shorten deflects questions on David Feeney, 'disgusted' over pursuit of Susan Lamb as citizenship doubts dog Labor
2018-01-18 05:06:45 Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has deflected questions why Labor MP David Feeney – who has been unable to provide documents proving he renounced his British citizenship before being elected – shouldn't immediately resign, saying it was now a matter for the High Court. Asked about a second Labor MP, Susan Lamb, who is also facing serious questions about her eligibility for Parliament, Mr Shorten said on Thursday he is "disgusted" that she is being pursued over dual citizenship concerns despite her difficult personal circumstances   Read More ...
Take the 10-minute mental test Trump's doctor said he scored 100 per cent on
2018-01-18 04:09:23 The results of President Donald Trump's first presidential physical are in. And his doctor says they're conclusive: Trump is a "very sharp" and "articulate" guy. White House physician Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013, said that he wasn't planning on giving the commander-in-chief any cognitive tests. But he said that Trump requested the test, having earlier this month declared on Twitter he was a "very stable genius"   Read More ...
'My father sees one colour, green': Son defends Trump in wake of 's***hole countries' backlash
2018-01-18 04:09:05 Donald Trump's son Eric says President not racist, he 'sees one colour, green' Donald Trump's son says the US President is not a racist and can only see one colour — green, the colour of money. Key points: Eric Trump says his father cares about the economy President was called a racist after reports he referred to some countries as "shitholes" Eric says suggestions his father is a racist are "total nonsense" Eric Trump appeared on Fox and Friends and defended his father following the furore over Mr Trump labelling some countries "shitholes" during a meeting on immigration protection   Read More ...
Ken Wyatt wants to change the date of Australia Day - when we become a republic
2018-01-18 02:08:42 A Turnbull government minister believes the date of Australia Day should change - but only when the country finally breaks ties with the British monarchy and becomes a republic. While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and others in the government have sought to shut down the debate about the issue this week, Ken Wyatt – the aged care minister and the only Indigenous man in the lower house - believes "we shouldn't close our minds" to change   Read More ...
Fake news awards: Republican Senator compares Trump to Stalin over attacks on media
2018-01-18 02:08:03 Donald Trump: US Senator Jeff Flake compares President's attacks on media to Stalin By North America correspondent Conor Duffy, wires Both sides of politics have launched a full frontal attack on US President Donald Trump over his proposed fake news awards for dishonest reporting, with Republican senator Jeff Flake comparing Mr Trump to Josef Stalin. Key Points: Senator Flake has been a vocal Donald Trump critic Donald Trump tweeted that he would announce fake news awards today Both Stalin and Mr Trump called the media an "enemy of the people" In a rare intra-party rebuke from the Senate floor, Senator Flake said Mr Trump's portrayal of the press as "the enemy of the people" and repeated White House references to "fake news" and "alternative facts" spur copycats such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte   Read More ...
Republican senator blasts Trump's 'fake news awards', likens him to Stalin
2018-01-18 01:11:50 Washington: On a day President Donald Trump promised to deliver "fake news awards" two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and emboldening despots abroad. Republican Senator Jeff Flake, of Arizona, who has emerged as one of Trump's fiercest party critics, delivered an impassioned 15-minute speech from the Senate floor, comparing Trump's anti-press rhetoric to that of the murderous Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and calling on his colleagues to speak out against Trump's "shameful, repulsive statements   Read More ...
Trump says US 'playing hard game of poker' with North Korea
2018-01-17 21:17:03 Washington: US President Donald Trump has accused Russia of helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions, while risking a nuclear war. Trump, interviewed overnight, declined to confirm reports the US was debating a possible pre-emptive strike on North Korea. He said "we are playing a very, very hard game of poker" with the North's weapons programs and "don't want to reveal your hand"   Read More ...
President Kenyatta meets Kenyan born Australian Senator
2018-01-17 20:26:01 President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyan born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi to use her position to boost bilateral ties between Kenya and Australia. President Kenyatta met the plea to Gichuhi when she paid him a courtesy call at State House.   Read More ...
Malcolm Turnbull and acting Victorian premier's awkward exchange on youth 'gangs'
2018-01-17 12:24:06 The acting Victorian premier, James Merlino, during a press conference with the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, alludes to Peter Dutton's claim that Victorians are 'scared to go out to restaurants' because of 'African gang violence', saying 'people see it for what it is'. Merlino, referring to the lobster with alleged mobster scandal, says: 'There's firearms legislation in the Victorian parliament, so the best thing you can do, Malcolm, for Victoria, is get on the phone, talk to the mobster's mate Matthew Guy and get the Liberal party to support that legislation'. Putting his arm on Merlino, Turnbull says: 'I understand why you've had to say that   Read More ...
News Corp accused of colluding with NT government
2018-01-17 09:13:11 The NT News' top brass have been accused of striking a deal with the territory government to monitor emails sent by its then political reporter due to concerns his 'negative' reporting of the government's activities could cost the paper advertising revenue. The recently departed NT News political reporter Christopher Walsh made the allegation in an unfair dismissal claim lodged in the Federal Circuit Court on Monday   Read More ...
Sugar has its tobacco moment as voters call for new tax
2018-01-17 08:21:56 Imagine a tax that Coalition voters actually wanted. They certainly don't want more income tax (only 12 per cent do, according to an Essential poll), they certainly don't want more company tax (they want less) and they will cop an increase in GST only if it brings down other taxes. But then there is sugar. This week's Essential poll reveals the sort of disdain for sugar there is for tobacco   Read More ...
News Corp accused of colluding with NT government to monitor reporter
2018-01-17 08:20:24 The NT News' top brass have been accused of striking a deal with the territory government to monitor emails sent by its then political reporter due to concerns his 'negative' reporting of the government's activities could cost the paper advertising revenue. The recently departed NT News political reporter Christopher Walsh made the allegation in an unfair dismissal claim lodged in the Federal Circuit Court on Monday   Read More ...
Russia probe: Robert Mueller subpoenas former Trump aide Steve Bannon
2018-01-17 07:01:58 President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined to comply with a subpoena from a US House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election. It was one of two subpoenas issued to President Donald Trump's former confidante: the other was issued last week by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter   Read More ...
Trump is fit for duty, but needs to hit the gym
2018-01-17 07:01:11 Donald Trump's doctor has 'no concerns' about the President's cognitive ability White House doctor Ronny Jackson says he's got "absolutely no concerns" about Donald Trump's cognitive ability. The US President's mental fitness for the job came under intense scrutiny after a controversial book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, portrayed him as a childlike and volatile. But in a press conference this morning, Dr Jackson said the President's heart was healthy, his teeth were healthy, and he did "exceedingly well" on a difficult cognitive exam   Read More ...
Donald Trump's mouth could get him into trouble at the World Economic Forum
2018-01-17 06:37:43 President Donald Trump has had a ragged couple of weeks. Without reliving every sour note, let's just say he hasn't started the year with an inspirational vibe. His unforced, bizarre errors have overshadowed soaring consumer confidence, the potential benefits of tax cuts and the dismantling of Obama-era regulations. But could everything soon change? Is Trump about to take a break from his acidic public presence? I was encouraged to hear that the president is going to attend the World Economic Forum later this month   Read More ...
What President Uhuru and Kenyan-born Australian Senator Gichuhi Discussed at State House
2018-01-17 06:35:57 President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday met Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Muringo Gichuhi and urged her to use her position to boost bilateral ties between Kenya and Australia. Gichuhi, who won the seat for South Australia in 2017, paid the President a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi. D   Read More ...
'I don't want this to be awkward': Malcolm Turnbull and James Merlino trade barbs in joint press conference
2018-01-17 06:34:39 It was a beautiful, sunny Wednesday in Geelong as politicians from all levels of government and different political parties came together for an announcement about co-operating to create jobs for regular people. "I don't want this to be an awkward conference because this is a very positive announcement," acting Victorian premier James Merlino told gathered journalists. "There's love bursting out all over the place," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joked   Read More ...
'You don't understand': Government junks swathe of NBN recommendations
2018-01-17 06:34:26 than a year after a Senate committee looking into the National Broadband Network convened, the government has issued a scathing response, rejecting a third of its recommendations. In September, the committee published a report expressing concerns about a range of issues, including poor consumer experiences, and issued 23 recommendations for improvement. The government has disagreed with nine of those, saying some were "unnecessary", and describing the overall report as "misdirected"   Read More ...
Russia probe: Robert Mueller subpoenas former Trump aide Steve Bannon
2018-01-17 06:31:37 President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined to comply with a subpoena from a US House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election. It was one of two subpoenas issued to President Donald Trump's former confidante: the other was issued last week by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter   Read More ...
Donald Trump did 'exceedingly well' on cognitive test in presidential medical exam
2018-01-17 06:30:39 Washington: President Donald Trump requested that his first formal medical exam include a cognitive test and "did exceedingly well," receiving a score of 30 out of 30, the top White House doctor announced on Tuesday afternoon. Navy Rear Admiral. Ronny L. Jackson, who has been the lead White House doctor since 2013, said that he has interacted with the president several times a day for the past year and saw no need for a cognitive test   Read More ...
President Kenyatta meets Kenyan-born Australian Senator Gichuhi
2018-01-16 16:12:19 President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday met Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi and urged her to use her position to boost bilateral ties between Kenya and Australia. During the meeting with the Senator who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta said he was particularly keen to see a regular exchange programme that would facilitate sharing of ideas between Kenyan and Australian people   Read More ...
Federal Government university budget cut leaves 10,000 places unfunded, Universities Australia says
2018-01-16 14:21:41 An estimated 10,000 university places will go unfunded this year because of Federal Government budget cuts, according to Universities Australia. Key points: Universities will have to find "band aid" budgetary solutions, peak body says Federal Government has previously said overall funding for universities will still increase Health courses at risk of cuts, Regional Universities Network says Just before Christmas, the Coalition announced a freeze on funding for the Commonwealth Grants Scheme, which covers the cost of higher education for students   Read More ...
Uhuru’s appeal to first Kenyan to be elected Australian Senator
2018-01-16 14:21:27 Kenyan-born Australian Senator, Lucy Gichuhi, paid President Uhuru Kenyatta a courtesy call at state house, Nairobi, on Tuesday. - The president urged Gichuhi to strengthen mutual ties between Australia and Kenya. - Uhuru hoped for more exchange programmes between the two countries for young people to share ideas and gain insight from each other. President Uhuru Kenyatta met with Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi, on Tuesday January 16, and appealed to the senator to use her position to strengthen bilateral ties between Kenya and Australia   Read More ...
Uhuru meets Kenyan-born Australian Senator Gichuhi
2018-01-16 13:43:44 President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday met Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi and urged her to use her position to boost bilateral ties between Kenya and Australia. During the meeting with the Senator who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta said he was particularly keen to see a regular exchange programme that would facilitate sharing of ideas between Kenyan and Australian people   Read More ...
Uhuru meets Kenyan-born Australian Senator Gichuhi, roots for more skills transfer
2018-01-16 13:11:43 President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday met Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi and urged her to use her position to boost bilateral ties between Kenya and Australia. The Senator paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi. The president said he was particularly keen to see a regular exchange programme that would facilitate sharing of ideas between Kenyan and Australian people   Read More ...
Meet Sheriff Joe, the only person pardoned by Donald Trump
2018-01-16 10:18:04 Meet Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the only person pardoned by US President Donald Trump Newly announced Arizona Senate candidate Joe Arpaio is described as the toughest sheriff in America, and he's certainly the most controversial. He's most famous for being the only person pardoned by US President Donald Trump. During his tenure as a sheriff, Mr Arpaio set up a tent city to house prisoners in the Arizona desert, where temperatures can reach 50 degrees, and forced inmates on the chain gang to wear pink underwear   Read More ...
Brisbane council opposition 'happy' to shift Australia Day, but not on its own
2018-01-16 08:13:11 Calls for the nation’s largest council to shift Australia Day celebrations have been thoroughly rejected, even as the Labor opposition endorsed a change to the national date. Brisbane City Council opposition leader Peter Cumming, making his public position on the controversial date known for what he said was the first time, diverged from federal Labor leader Bill Shorten’s opposition to moving the national day   Read More ...
Spain threatens to keep ruling Catalonia if Puigdemont becomes leader again
2018-01-16 03:08:53 Barcelona: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is threatening to prolong his government's direct rule over Catalonia if separatists try to allow Carles Puigdemont to run the region from exile. Rajoy ousted Puidgemont and his government in October for leading Catalonia's drive to break from Spain and called new elections in hopes of a change of leadership. But the election in December did not yield the result Rajoy had hoped for, with separatist parties winning 47   Read More ...